Basser Seminar Series

Combinatorial Fusion Analysis: To Combine or Not To Combine - Figure skating, internet search, virtual screening and drug discovery

Professor D Frank Hsu
Fordham University, New York, USA

Time: Tuesday 13 May 2008, 4-5pm **NOTE Different day

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1


In a variety of application fields such as sports judgement, information retrival, bioinformatics, virtual screening and drug discovery, and portfolio management, we often have to combine data, features, or decisions in order to improve final results. However, the questions of "what, when, and how to combine " are very challenging yet extremely interesting. In this talk, we will describe a recently developed method called "Combinatorial Fusion Analysis which is applied to information fusion and data mining at the data, features, and decision level. Examples of applications will be illustrated in the domain of virtual screening and drug discovery.

Speaker's biography

D. Frank Hsu, Ph.D. is Clavius Professor of Science and Professor of Computer and Information Science at Fordham University. Dr. Hsu received a BS from National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, an MS from the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He has held visiting positions at M.I.T., Boston University, Keio University (as IBM Chair Professor), JAIST (as Komatsu Chair Professor), Taiwan University, and the University of Paris-Sud. His research areas are combinatorics, algorithms, and optimizations; network interconnections and communications; and informatics and intelligent systems. His recent work on informatics and data mining has applications in biomedicine, virtual screening and drug discovery, target recognition and tracking, and information and music retrieval. He has recently developed Combinatorial Fusion Analysis and studied its application to information fusion and knowledge discovery at both the data and decision level. Dr. Hsu has served on several editorial boards including as Associate Editor of Pattern Recognition Letters and as Editor in Chief (2000-06) and for special issue of the Journal of Interconnection Networks. He is a Foundation Fellow of ICA, a senior member of IEEE Computer Society and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences.